The Way Of The Circle
In this 4 day immersion, participants will experience the potency of circle practice and the essential elements of a circle. This course aims to develop participants’ capacity to lead a circle or council, both within and beyond the context of forest therapy, and to cultivate an awareness of how our shared stories illuminate our interconnectedness.
Combining forest therapy and the practice of circle, we will explore ways of listening deeply to ourselves, our human companions and the more than human world. We will ask powerful questions, deepen our perception and practice how to build authentic community.
When we sit in a circle with the intention to show up with our whole selves, we may experience the ways in which our stories weave us into community. Alone, we can only see the world through the lens of our own experience, but together, we can witness reality from all angles. Each of our stories are like ingredients in a great soup that sits at the center of every circle. What we each bring forth from within our hearts blends with all that is offered and in turn nourishes us all. In the center of every circle we find the common themes of our existence, illuminating our shared experience of this world and eliminating personal and cultural isolation.
But showing up with authenticity does not only apply to our relationships with each other; it is also critical in how we relate with the more-than-human world. How do we listen to the sky and the animals, the stones and the rivers? How do we give expression to what we perceive?
In the circle, we learn to bear witness to what is real and to harvest the wisdom generated by authentic community. In this way, we may more fully experience our connectedness with the world around us. When we are open to listening, we find the medicine we are carrying within us and in our community.
We will experience forest therapy walks, circle and triad practice and a presentation by Ben ‘Crow’ Page on the ways in which consciousness can incorporate increasingly complex levels of perception through the practice of deep listening, from his master’s thesis work ‘An Exploration in Living Council.’
What you can anticipate in this course:
Skills and Learning
- Essential elements of circle practice
- Circle facilitation skills
- Circle leadership skills: how to be a leader without leading
- Developing awareness of group energy
- Circle practice with the more-than-human-world
- Experience circle as a pathway towards community and relationship
- Experience circle as a pathway towards finding ourselves and our medicine
- Develop embodied listening
- Cultivate nature connection
- Guided Forest Therapy walks
- Community building practices
- Planting ceremony in community
Bethel Farm is set on 50 acres of private, quiet land and is surrounded by several hundred acres more of forest and meadows. At its core, it is an organic farm, but has become a place for people to meditate, practice yoga, find peace, and reconnect to the land.
The farm has winding trails throughout the surrounding forests and gardens. There are small nooks to be explored -- some with ponds and waterfalls, as well as trails that can be explored while barefoot. The rooms are minimalist and humble, but offer purity in simplicity and comfort.
Contact Stephen at Bethel Farm to arrange lodging. Phone: 603-464-5985; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
There are a limited number of shared rooms, a small shared cabin, and a dorm. Each room costs $100/night and includes the price of 3 meals a day and linens.
Camping is available on several platforms for $85/night, which includes the price of 3 meals a day as well. There are tents available for rent at a small fee.
If someone needs to stay off site, they can purchase meals for $55 a day and a day pass.
Bethel Farm is a 50 minute drive from Manchester, NH and an hour and 45 minute drive from Boston, MA.
Meal prices are built into the price of accommodations, which includes camping as well. This is a vegetarian venue, and no meat or fish is allowed on the premises. If you have other dietary restrictions, you should notify Bethel Farm as soon as possible so that they have adequate notice to accommodate them.
All Amounts USD
$935 Certified Forest Therapy Guide with Current ANFT or Forest Bathing International Membership
$880 for ANFT Guides in Training (Currently in Practicum)
Ben ‘Crow’ Page is the Director of Training for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy, as well as a certified forest therapy guide, council carrier and alternative educator. He is the founder of Shinrin Yoku LA, an organization dedicated to transformative nature therapy and contemplative practice in partnership with the more than human world. Since his practice began, Ben has been featured in such media as Women’s Health, USA TODAY, Good Morning America, The Washington Post, ATTN, The Wall Street Journal and WebMD. Ben is also a co-founder of The Open School, Southern California’s only free democratic school. He holds a B.A. in religious studies from Carleton College and an M.A. in human development and social change from Pacific Oaks College.
Ben’s graduate thesis, “An exploration in Living Council,” sought to answer the question of how deep listening to all beings and throughout time and space can work to integrate deeper levels of connection to ourselves and the world around us. Jack Zimmerman, the co-author of ‘The Way of Council’ was Ben’s mentor and thesis chair on this project.
Pamela Wirth, CPCC is a certified Forest Therapy guide, mentor, coach and the mom of an amazing teenager. Her work with individuals and groups has evolved since 1990 and is informed by deep love and care for Life. www.heartvisioncoach.com
Her background and certifications include:
Guide and mentor, Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides
Certified Professional Coactive Coach, The Coaches Institute
Circlework facilitator, Institute for Circlework
Soulstream coach and mentor, Life Blessing Institute
Maiden Spirit Rites of Passage mentor, Life Blessing Institute
Trance Dance leader, The Natale Institute
Certified coach, Feminine Power Leadership Training